A Rock Hill man who allegedly fired shots from his car while traveling on the interstate led deputies on a chase, running through stoplights and speeding down busy streets before he crashed into a creek and fled, leaving his passenger behind on Monday, authorities say.
A motorist called deputies to report that a man driving a black Honda Accord fired shots as he traveled south on Interstate 77 at about 2 a.m., according to a York County Sheriff’s report. A deputy found the car on the interstate and stopped it near the Dave Lyle Boulevard off-ramp. The passenger tried to get out of the car, but deputies ordered him to get back inside. Once he did, the driver took off, the report states, prompting deputies to follow the car off the Dave Lyle exit.
The driver ran the stoplight at John Ross Parkway and Dave Lyle before he kept driving down Dave Lyle, reaching speeds near 100 mph, the report states. As he drove, the driver kept throwing something out of the window, deputies said. The car took a right onto Anderson Road, heading toward Cherry Road before it turned onto several neighborhood streets, finally stopping when the car ran into a creek. A deputy waited for backup before approaching the car. Deputies found a bullet on the floorboard, two shell casings in the creek and one passenger still inside the car. The driver, whom the passenger identified as Kendrick Gibbons, 22, was missing.
A K9 unit responded and began tracking Gibbons, but soon realized he had been picked up by another driver, the report states. Police discovered that a car seen in the area was parked at Gibbons’ home on Galleria Pointe Circle near the mall.
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Police found Gibbons, who was arrested and charged with failure to stop for a blue light, driving with an expired tag, unlawful discharge of a firearm and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Court records show he left jail Tuesday on a $3,475 bond.